aurorawatcherak has a couple of posts on coal-fired electric power generation worth your consideration.

Because our government is treating environmentalism as a religion and Gaia as its goddess, we risk abandoning the inexpensive electric power that only coal can provide. In fact, President Obama has not even disguised the fact he wants to shut down coal-fired electric power generation.

If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it  will bankrupt them,” Obama said, responding to a question about his  cap-and-trade plan. He later added, “Under my plan … electricity rates would  necessarily skyrocket. (from here)

Out of pure ignorance, many of the people most likely to be harmed by Obama’s vendetta against coal-fired electricity voted for him. So electricity rates could very well skyrocket. However, when that happens, perhaps those ignorant rate payers will finally be willing do their homework. If so, please point them at posts like aurorawatcherak‘s.

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  1. thatmrgguy says:

    We just got a letter from Duke Power asking for 16% increase.

    • Citizen Tom says:

      Hate to say I am not surprised.

      The company that charges us for electricity is the most expensive in the state. Since my wife pays the bills, and I am afraid to ask…..

    • They asked?

      Our electric cooperative — Golden Valley — doesn’t ask. They have to ask the State of Alaska, but not the rate-payers, for rate increases. The SOA sort of has our back, so they can’t raise rates too fast (we’re paying 27 cents a kilowatt hour anyway), so instead, they hit us with fuel surcharges which they don’t have to run by the SOA. In December, we had a $500 electric bill.

      • thatmrgguy says:

        Well, actually they send the letter telling us they’re asking the state for the rate increase.

        • And does your state automatically say “yes”? The State of Alaska was doing that for several years until the ratepayers started to go ballistic and now GVEA actually has to justify their increases. So, they found a tricky way around it by charging us surcharges that are not regulated by the State.

          What’s really ridiculous, from my perspective, is that GVEA is a member-owned cooperative and they’re raping the members. The annual meetings are becoming highly entertaining if you like roasted electrical cooperative executives. We packed out the largest public forum in town last fall and the CEO resigned a week later. Change is possible when the public takes an interest.

        • thatmrgguy says:

          The state turned them down the last time they asked for a rate increase. I don’t see the bills so I don’t know if they add surcharges or not. We only live about eight miles from Oconee Nuclear Station.

          When I was in college, we used to have a “Purchased Power Adjustment” added to the bill in the winter that could double the bill, but in the summer, you might get a discount.

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